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A woman from the Ukrainian city of Odesa says she had a lucky escape from a Russian missile attack at a hair salon as a tinfoil cap shielded her from serious injuries, writes Nataliya Vasilyeva.

Until last weekend, the Black Sea port of Odesa had been spared the intense airstrikes and shelling that the country’s south was witnessing when the city came after the first major Russian airstrike since the war started two months ago.

One of the Russian missiles that hit Odesa on Saturday landed near a hair salon.

One unnamed customer filmed herself walking out of the salon, with a hair cutting cape and hair foils on. “Hello, Russian worlds, let me show you what kind of Nazis you’re fighting,” she said as she showed a bleeding wound on her hand to the camera.

“We, girls, decided to fix ourselves up a bit at the hairdresser’s – and a missile fell right on our hairdresser’s. Thank you, Russian world!”

In another video recorded later that day, the hair salon customer joked about how she used to wonder what chances were she could get “hit by a missile.”

“One in a million,” the blonde woman with a patch on her right shoulder said.

“Well, this day has come. I was saved by circumstances.”

The woman said she sat with the tinfoil cap on during her colouring as she heard a whistling sound before the missile hit the building.